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Old 10-05-2005, 10:56 AM   #1
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What Is A Good Server Distro?

I recently got a new system, so I decided to use my old system as a file server. What is a good distro for a file server that is secure, something with a firewall and routing capabiliteis would be nice.
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FreeBSD or OpenBSD...

FreeBSD being a little easier IMO and OpenBSD being much more 'secure by default'.

Both are BSD and extremely stable. OpenBSD prefers to use packages so installation and maintenance stuff is faster... While FreeBSD prefers to use ports and build the system from CVS...which provides a more customized system, but takes time.

FreeBSD has well over 13,000 pieces of software in ports.. but if it's just going to be a server, they can both do the job nicely.

If you are wanting to stick to a Linux distro, I would recommend Debian or SUSE. However, I only run BSD on my servers... as they don't require the fequent kernel updates and patches...

EDIT: I see that you are newly registered here. Are you Linux/Unix newbie, or just new to this site?? That can have an impact on what I would recommend.

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On other distro is Redhat ES/AS series (it costs if you buy the precompiled).
Google uses it. A free (no support) version of Redhat ES is called CentOS.
It uses the same updates/patches/fixes/upgrades as Redhat does.

Anothers might be: Slackware, gentoo.

But Indeed Open/Free BSD's are very stable. FreeBSD is very fast too.
(yahoo uses it)
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Old 10-05-2005, 11:47 AM   #5
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firewall and routing capabilities are available on almost all distros and when I say almost I mean that you would have a REALLY hard time finding one that doesn't have those capabilities, if that exists.
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Thank you all
In reply to your question halo14, I am just new to this web site, I have used suse in the past but am now running fedora core.


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